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"The more restrictions and prohibitions in the world, the poorer people get, the more experts the country has the more of a mess it's in, the more ingenious the skillful are, the more monstrous their inventions, the louder the call for law and order, the more the thieves and con men multiply." -- Lao Tze, circa. 2300 B.C.
"In a recent conversation with an official at the Internal Revenue Service, I was amazed when he told me that 'If the taxpayers of this country ever discover that the IRS operates on 90% bluff, the entire system will collapse'." -- Henry Bellmon, U.S. Senator (1969)
"... the key question is: can we define 'income' in a fair and reasonably straightforward manner? Unfortunately, we have not yet succeeded in doing so.." -- Shirley Peterson, former IRS Commissioner, April 1993
"Our federal tax system is, in short, utterly impossible, utterly unjust and completely counterproductive ... [it] reeks with injustice and is fundamentally un-American ... it has earned a rebellion and it's time we rebelled.." -- President Ronald Reagan, May 1983, Williamsburg, VA
"If no information or return is filed, [the] Internal Revenue Service cannot assess you." -- Gary Makovski, Special IRS Agent, testifying under oath in U.S. v. Lloyd
"Our tax system is based upon voluntary assessment and payment, not upon distraint." -- United States Supreme Court, in Flora v. United States
"Our tax system is based on individual self-assessment and voluntary compliance." -- Mortimer Caplin, former Commissioner of Internal Revenue, Internal Revenue Audit Manual (1975)
"Fear is the key element for the IRS in achieving its mission. Without fear, the IRS would have a difficult time maintaining our so-called system of voluntary compliance ...". "Given the opportunity, the IRS will take the easy way out and grab whatever it can ... the IRS does not really care about you and what your future ... may be." -- Santo Presti, former IRS Criminal Investigation Agent and author of "IRS In Action"
"The IRS is an extraordinary example of the end justifying the means. The means of this agency is growth. It is interesting that the revenue officers within the IRS refer to taxpayers as 'inventory'. The IRS embodies the political realities of the selfish human desire to dominate others. Thus the end of this gigantic pretense of officialdom is power, pure and simple. The meek may inherit the earth, but they will never receive a promotion in an agency where efficiency is measured by the number of seizures of taxpayers' property and by the number of citizens and businesses driven into bankruptcy." -- George Hansen, Congressman and author of "To Harass Our People"
"This [audit] was made extremely difficult because [IRS] existing systems were not designed to provide ... reliable financial information .. on their operations." -- Comptroller Bowsher, Government Accounting Office, on the first-ever audit of the IRS in 1993.
"The wages of the average American worker, after inflation and taxes, have decreased 17% since 1973, the only Western industrial nation to so suffer." -- Martin Gross, author of "The Tax Racket: Government Extortion From A to Z"
"When you pay social security taxes, you are in no way making provision for your own retirement. You are paying the pensions of those who are already retired. Once you understand this, you see that whether you will get the benefits you are counting on when you retire depends on whether Congress will levy enough taxes, borrow enough, or print enough money ..." -- W. Allen Wallis, former Chairman of the 1975 Advisory Council on Social Security, May 27, 1976
"There is no prospect that today's younger workers will receive all the Social Security and Medicare benefits currently promised them." -- Dorcas Hardy, former Social Security Commissioner and author of "Social Insecurity", quoted in the December 1995 Reader's Digest
"All we have to do now is to inform the public that the payment of social security taxes is voluntary and watch the mass exodus." --Walter E. Williams, John M. Olin Distinguished Professor of Economics at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA, January 24, 1996
"The Constitution is a written instrument. As such its meaning does not alter. That which it meant when adopted, it means now." -- United States Supreme Court in South Carolina vs. United States (1905)
"Let it [the Constitution, etc.] be taught in schools, seminaries and in colleges; let it be written in primers, in spelling books and in almanacs; let it be preached from the pulpit, proclaimed in legislative halls, enforced in courts of justice. In short, let it become the political religion of the nation." -- President Abraham Lincoln
"The Constitution prohibits any direct tax, unless in proportion to numbers as ascertained by the census ... [and] ... prohibits Congress from laying a direct tax on the revenue from property of the citizen without regard to state lines ...." -- United States Supreme Court in Pollack v. Farmers' Loan & Trust Company (1895)
"... [the 16th Amendment] conferred no new power of taxation ... [and] .. prohibited the ... power of income taxation possessed by Congress from the beginning from being taken out of the category of indirect taxation to which it inherently belonged ...." -- United States Supreme Court in Stanton v. Baltic Mining (1916)
"To lay with one hand the power of government on the property of the citizen, and with the other to bestow it on favored individuals ... is none the less robbery because it is ... called taxation." -- United States Supreme Court in Loan Association v. Topeka (1874)
"In 1833, a small group of Socialists met in London, announcing their intentions of converting the British economic system from capitalism to socialism. This group chose the name "Fabian Society". One of the leading members of the Fabian Society, author George Bernard Shaw, perhaps summed it up best when he said, quote: "... Socialism means equality of income or nothing ... under socialism you would not be allowed to be poor. You would be forcibly fed, clothed, lodged, taught, and employed whether you like it or not. If it were discovered that you had not character enough to be worth all this trouble, you might possibly be executed in a kindly manner; but whilst you were permitted to live you would have to live well." -- Edgar Wallace Robinson in his 1980 booklet titled "Rolling Thunder"
We are in danger of being overwhelmed with irredeemable paper; more paper, representing not gold nor silver; no sir, representing nothing but broken promises, bad faith, bankrupt corporations, cheated creditors, and a ruined people. -- Daniel Webster
The guillotine follows the paper money press, the two machines are complimentary one to the other. -- Old French saying
"Inflation has now been institutionalized at a fairly constant 5% per year. This has been scientifically determined to be the optimum level for generating the most revenue without causing public alarm. A 5% devaluation applies, not only to the money earned this year, but to all that is left over from previous years. At the end of the first year, a dollar is worth 95 cents. At the end of the second year, the 95 cents is reduced again by 5%, leaving its worth at 90 cents, and so on. By the time a person has worked 20 years, the government will have confiscated 64% of every dollar he saved over those years. By the time he has worked 45 years, the hidden tax will be 90%. The government will take virtually everything a person saves over a lifetime." -- G. Edward Griffin, historian and author of "The Creature From Jekyll Island"
"The Founding Fathers of this great land had no difficulty whatsoever understanding the agenda of bankers, and they frequently referred to them and their kind as, quote, "friends of paper money. They hated the Bank of England, in particular, and felt that even were we successful in winning our independence from England and King George, we could never truly be a nation of freemen, unless we had an honest money system. Through ignorance, but moreover, because of apathy, a small, but wealthy, clique of power brokers have robbed us of our Rights and Liberties, and we are being raped of our wealth. We are paying the price for the near-comatose levels of complacency by our parents, and only G-d knows what might become of our children, should we not work diligently to shake this country from its slumber! Many a nation has lost its freedom at the end of a gun barrel, but here in America, we just decided to hand it over voluntarily. Worse yet, we paid for the tyranny and usurpation out of our own pockets with "voluntary" tax contributions and the use of a debt-laden fiat currency!." -- Peter Kershaw, author of the 1994 booklet "Economic Solutions"
"Four boxes to be used in defense of liberty: soap, ballot, jury, ammo - use in that order." --Ed Howdershelt
"It is impossible for the man of pious reflection not to perceive in [the Constitution] a finger of that Almighty hand which has been so frequently and signally extended to our relief in the critical stages of the revolution." -- James Madison, Father of the Constitution
"No people can be bound to acknowledge and adore the invisible hand, which conducts in the affairs of men more than the people of the United States. Every step, by which they have been advanced to the character of an independent nation, seems to have been distinguished by some token of providential agency." -- George Washington
"Proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto the inhabitants thereof." -- Leviticus 25:10 (inscription on the Liberty Bell)
"The independence and liberty you possess are the work of ... joint efforts, of common dangers, suffering and successes." -- George Washington
"It is not the function of our government to keep the citizen from falling into error; it is the function of the citizen to keep the government from falling into error." -- United States Supreme Court - American Communications Association v. Douds
"It is inherent in government's right, if necessary, to lie ... that seems to me basic - basic." -- Arthur Sylvester, former Assistant Secretary of Defense
"Fear can only prevail when victims are ignorant of the facts." -- Thomas Jefferson
"G-d grant that not only the love of liberty but a thorough knowledge of the rights of man may pervade all the nations of the earth, so that a philosopher may set his foot anywhere on its surface and say: 'This is my country.'" -- Benjamin Franklin, letter to David Hartley, December 4, 1789
"We can no more blame our loss of freedom on congressmen than we can prostitution on pimps. Both simply provide broker services for their customers." -- Dr. Walter Williams
"[N]either the wisest constitution nor the wisest laws will secure the liberty and happiness of a people whose manners are universally corrupt. He therefore is the truest friend of the liberty of his country who tries most to promote its virtue." -- Samuel Adams
"A vitiated state of morals, a corrupted public conscience, is incompatible with freedom." -- Patrick Henry
"No free government can stand without virtue in the people, and a lofty spirit of patriotism ..." -- Andrew Jackson
"There is no liberty to men who know not how to govern themselves." -- Henry Ward Beecher
"Give me your four year-olds and in a generation I will build a socialist state ... destroy the family and the society will collapse." -- Vladimir Lenin
"The falsification of history has done more to impede human development than any one thing known to mankind." -- Rousseau
"Dear Fellow American Patriot, When this country was in its very infancy, our Founding Fathers pledged their fortunes, their sacred honor, indeed their very lives to stand against tyranny. These men and their families led us on to victory. Historians have calculated the total membership of these true heroes to be only 3% of the country at that time. To these men, Liberty was worth more than life itself. The nation that was born from their sacrifices has never since been duplicated in the history of the world. Our nation is once again in peril of losing its very essence to tyrants who would steal from us the life blood that has made our country great. It is by the grace of Almighty G-d that you have been chosen to join with us in the fight to restore our Nation back to its original greatness; back to a Nation where wo/men are free to believe as they choose, work for themselves and prosper according to their efforts and faith - where Rights are again protected by Law, not ignored or destroyed by the policies of bureaucrats. So welcome brothers and sisters! Knowing that resistance to tyranny is obedience to G-d, I am honored to call you my countrymen. May G-d Bless you!" -- Thomas Brissey, St. Simons Island, Georgia, Independent Representative for the Save-A-Patriot Fellowship
"The People cannot be safe without information. When the press is free, and every man is able to read, all is safe." -- Thomas Jefferson
"... there is much truth in the Italian saying, 'Make yourselves sheep, and the wolves will eat you.'" -- Benjamin Franklin
"The only new thing in this world is the history you do not know" -- President Harry S. Truman
"It's the action, not the fruit of the action, that's important. You have to do the right thing. It may not be in your power, it may not be in your time, that there'll be any fruit. But that doesn't mean you stop doing the right thing. You may never know what results come from your action. But if you do nothing, there will be no result." - Gandhi
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